English: Sarisa / Deutsch: Sarisa / Español: Sarisa / Português: Sarisa / Français: Sarisa / Italiano: Sarisa /

Aratilis in the food context refers to a small, sweet fruit known by various names in different regions, including "Muntingia," "Jamaican Cherry," "Cermai" (in Indonesia), and "Balimbing" (in the Philippines). Aratilis also spelled Aratiles is one of the fruits found in the Philippines. Aratilis is called in other parts of the Philippines as Mansanitas (small apples), Saresa in Tarlac and Nueva Ecija and in Iloilo Province they are called Sarisa. In other countries, Aratilis is called Singapore cherry, Panama Berry and Jamaican Cherry. The scientific name of this fruit is Muntingia calabura. Aratilis is valued for its pleasant taste, often described as a mix of sweet and slightly tart flavors. It is typically consumed fresh as a snack and is popular among both children and adults. The fruits of the Aratilis tree is green when uripe and turned orange to red when ripe and will then taste sweet. It has very tiny sandy flesh.

Application Areas: Aratilis is primarily enjoyed fresh as a snack or incorporated into various dishes and beverages. Its application areas include:

  1. Fresh Consumption: Aratilis is commonly eaten fresh, plucked directly from the tree.
  2. Jams and Preserves: It can be used to make jams, jellies, and fruit preserves.
  3. Beverages: Aratilis can be used to make refreshing drinks, such as Aratilis juice or smoothies.
  4. Desserts: It can be added to fruit salads, ice creams, and other desserts.

Examples of National and International Dishes:

  • Philippines: In the Philippines, Aratilis is often eaten fresh, and it is sometimes used in fruit salads.
  • Jamaica: In Jamaica, it is known as "Jamaican Cherry" and is enjoyed fresh or used in jams and desserts.
  • Indonesia: In Indonesia, it is called "Cermai" and is used in various culinary preparations, including traditional snacks and desserts.


  • Allergies: While Aratilis is generally safe to consume, some individuals may have allergies to certain fruits. Allergic reactions can range from mild itching to severe anaphylaxis. It is essential to exercise caution if you have known fruit allergies.
  • Seed Hazards: The seeds of Aratilis can be hazardous if ingested, as they contain compounds that can be toxic in large quantities. Care should be taken when eating the fruit to avoid consuming the seeds.

History and Legal Basics: Aratilis has a long history of cultivation and consumption in various tropical regions. There are no specific legal restrictions on the use of Aratilis in most countries; it is considered a common fruit.

Recipe - Aratilis Jam: Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh Aratilis
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Wash and remove the stems from the Aratilis.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the Aratilis, sugar, and water.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the fruit softens and the sugar dissolves.
  4. Add lemon juice to enhance the flavor.
  5. Continue to simmer until the mixture thickens and reaches a jam-like consistency.
  6. Allow the jam to cool and then transfer it to a sterilized jar.
  7. Store in the refrigerator.

Examples of Sentences:

  • I picked a ripe Aratilis from the tree.
  • The sweetness of Aratilis's flavor is unique.
  • We enjoyed a bowl of fresh Aratilis with friends.
  • She was snacking on Aratilis while reading a book.

Similar Foods and Synonyms:

  • Muntingia: This is the scientific name for Aratilis and is used in botanical contexts.
  • Jamaican Cherry: In Jamaica, Aratilis is known as Jamaican Cherry.
  • Cermai: In Indonesia, it is referred to as Cermai.

Summary: Aratilis, known by various names in different regions, is a small and sweet fruit enjoyed for its delightful taste. It is typically consumed fresh as a snack but can also be used in jams, preserves, beverages, and desserts. While generally safe to eat, it is essential to be cautious about consuming the seeds, and individuals with known fruit allergies should exercise care. The fruit has a rich history of cultivation and is considered a common and cherished tropical fruit.


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